Southern Sound Series
Bringing the Soul of Americana to the Heart of the Carolina Piedmont!
Throughout its history, the Lowry Family Theater at the McCelvey Center has provided students and area residents access to the performing arts. The historic theater seats over 500 guests, has a lovely 1920s ambiance and is noted for its remarkable acoustics. Our annual music series is supported by the Friends of McCelvey, and showcases established and emerging Southern musical acts. Past performers include Doc Watson, Ralph Stanley and the Carolina Chocolate Drops.
Saturday, Jan. 18: Chatham County Line
Chatham County Line is known for their inventive take on bluegrass music. From Raleigh, N.C., the quartet was named Best New Bluegrass Band at the Indie Music Awards in 2006. Since forming in 1999, they’ve recorded seven albums of original songs; their latest release, “Sharing the Covers,” pays homage to musical influences such as Del Reeves, John Lennon, and Beck. Chatham County Line is gaining international success through ongoing collaboration with popular Norwegian singer/songwriter Jonas Fjeld.
Saturday, Feb. 15: Steep Canyon Rangers
Steep Canyon Rangers returns for their sixth performance on the McCelvey stage. Named Emerging Artists of the Year in 2006 by International Bluegrass Music Association, the band earned a Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album in 2013. Known for their ongoing musical collaboration with banjoist/comedian Steve Martin, the Asheville, N.C.- based band’s newly released version of “Be Still Moses,” originally recorded in 2007, features collaboration with Boyz II Men and the Asheville Symphony.
Saturday, Mar 21: Balsam Range
From Haywood County, N.C. comes Balsam Range. The quintet won Entertainer of the Year at the International Bluegrass Music Awards in 2018 and in 2014, alongside a multitude of top honors in an array of categories. Since forming in 2007, Balsam Range has nine studio albums. “Mountain Overture,” a recorded collaboration with Atlanta Pops Orchestra Ensemble, debuted on Billboard’s Bluegrass chart at No. 5 and the Classical Crossover chart at No.6.
Saturday, April 18: Della Mae
Della Mae returns for an encore performance on the McCelvey stage. The all-female string band features some of the finest players of bluegrass. In 2014, Della Mae’s debut album received a Grammy nomination and they were named International Bluegrass Music Association’s Emerging Artists of the Year. “The Butcher Shoppe EP,” recorded at the historic Butcher Shoppe studio in Nashville and released in March 2019, debuted at No.1 on the Billboard Bluegrass chart.
Vittles & Fiddles: Come early for each show to enjoy Vittles & Fiddles, a pre-concert gathering two hours before each concert featuring local musicians and a food truck. Both at Vittles & Fiddles and during concert intermission, guests 21 and older may enjoy a selection of beer and wine.
- Doors open at 6:30 p.m. All shows start at 7:30 pm.
- Photography, video and/or audio recording is prohibited during performance at the theater.
- Phones should be set to silent modes. If patrons must take a call during a performance, please go to the lobby for the comfort of the audience and performers.
- Restless or crying children should be taken to the nearest exit, where ushers will be available for assistance. Patrons are asked to be sensitive to audience comfort.
- Handicapped-accessible restrooms are located on the second floor. Handicapped seating and parking available.
- Food and beverages are not allowed inside the theater.
- Contact on concert days only: 803-620-5115